My July 2017 Pound For Pound Rankings.
Rankings are based on a 2 year period 7/1/2015-7/1/2017
Based on level of opposition & how they look against them.
Not a career achievement award, Not who beats who in future match ups.
Are there career defining fights. How did he do?
What’s next and how do I think it will affect his rankings?
1. Terence Crawford: (Last Month 1) Dierry Jean TKO 10/12, Henry Lundy TKO 5/12, Viktor Postol UD 12/12, John Molina Jr TKO 8/12, Felix Diaz RTD 10/12. Does he have a carear defining fight? Yes , Viktor Postol UD 12/12. Not everyone on that list is a pound 4 pounder. However they’re all at worse pretty solid. In terms of quality of opposition of any top ratted boxer over the past 2 years. No one comes close to Crawford’s. He also has been dominant in every one of those bout. Next. Julius Indongo: Indongo holds the other two 140 Lbs. championships, and is on a hot streak of his own. A win for Crawford will widen the gap between him and the next guy.
2. Keith Thurman (2) Luis Collazo RTD 7/12, Shawn Porter UD 12/12, Danny Garcia SD 12/12.One Time hasn’t been One Time in a while, but he’s been winning pretty comfortably in my opinion. Yes he’s been tested, & maybe a flaw has been exposed (doesn’t like being hit to the body, but who does?). In my opinion he might not have been as dominant as Crawford, but I fell he’s past his tests. You can make a case that both Porter and Garcia are career definers.
3. Andre Ward: (7). Sullivan Barrera UD 12/12, Alexander Brand 12/12, Sergey Kovalev UD 12/12, Sergey Kovalev TKO 8/12. Career defining fights: Sergey Kovalev UD 12/12, Sergey Kovalev TKO 8/12. If try rankings are just about “eye test”, best win, or career achievement. I would have Ward at the top. His two wins over Kovalev are not without controversy. The first was razor close. Take away the low blow controversy. The second bout was competitive to the end. The real reason I can’t rank Ward higher is Alexander Brand 12/12. A boxer at Ward’s level has no business fighting someone like Brand. Even as a tune up. How Sullivan Barrera does against Joe Smith Jr. Will affect Ward’s August rankings. As long as Alexander Brand is still in the two year range. I can’t rank Ward higher
4. Vasyl Lomachenko (4): Romulo Koasicha KP 10/12, Roman Martinez KO 5/12, Nicholas Walters RTD 7/12, RTD 9/12. Carear defining fights: Nicholas Walters RTD 7/12. His past three opponents and his performance against them match what, maybe surpass what Crawford has done in his last three. However, I have to dock him for Koasicha. Next: Miguel Marriaga. Fighting a guy coming off a loss is never a good look.
5. Saul Alvarez. (5) . Miguel Cotto UD 12/12, Amir Khan KO 6/12, Liam Smith KO 9/12, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr UD 12/12. Carear defining fights: Miguel Cotto UD 12/12. Maybe, Cotto still has something left, but isn’t as good as he once was. Khan looked good for 5 rounds. Smith may have been the weakest of the champs at 154. Couldn’t stop a weight drained Chavez Jr. Over all it’s a very good resume, but not without flaws. Next Gennady Golovkin. Depending how Crawford/Indongo goes the winner of Canelo/GGG could be my #1 in my October rankings.
6. Gennady Golovkin (6) David Lemieux TKO 8/12, Dominic Wade KO 2/12, Kell Brook TKO 5/12, Daniel Jacobs UD 12/12. Career defining fights: Daniel Jacobs UD 12/12. Jacobs tested GGG for 12 rounds. Despite a hiccup early in his career Lemieux is a good boxer who can test anyone at 160. Even though I think Spence is a better boxer than Brook. Brooks loss to Spence hurts GGG’s ranking. Wade’s not great, but he’s not bad either. Next: Saul Alvarez. It’s worth repeating. Depending how Crawford/Indongo goes the winner of Canelo/GGG could be my #1 in my October rankings.
7. Anthony Joshua (NR). Dillian Whyte TKO 7/12, Charles Martin KO 2/12, Dominic Breazeale TKO 7/12, Eric Molina TKO 3/12, Wladimir Klitschko 11/12. Career defining fights: Wladimir Klitschko 11/12. Klitschko was coming off a loss, but he showed he still has something left. Wall may have ended AJ’s aura of invincibility, but in the end he won the fight. Joshua was one of a few guys I considered last month, and yes I made a video saying if he and Deontay Wilder fought Wilder would win. This list is not a predictive list. I think an indication of how good a boxer is is to look at what his opponents do in their next fights. Whyte, Martin, and Breazeale all won their next fights.
8. Leo Santa Cruz (8) Abner Mares MD 12/12, Kiko Martinez TKO 5/12, Carl Frampton LMD 12/12, Carl Frampton MD 12/12. Career defining bouts: Split two with Carl Frampton MD 12/12. Other than his upset first round loss to Jhonny Gonzalez (and his loss to Santa Cruz). Mares has looked pretty good throughout his career. The fight with Mares was not as close as the MD indicates Martinez is as good used to be. Frampton had put together a good run including a win over Santa Cruz before Santa Cruz beat Frampton. Next rematch with Abner Mares. A win would solidify his spot in the rankings.
9. Errol Spence Jr (NR). Chris van Heerden TKO 8/10, Alejandro Barrera TKO 5/12, Chris Algieri TKO 5/10, Leonard Bundu 6/12, Kell Brook KO 11/12. Career defining fights: Kell Brook KO 11/12. Went into the champion’s back yard and took his championship. Truth be told if Spence beat Brook outside of Sheffield. Even if the fight had been in London. I don’t think I’d rank him. It’s also hard to rank a guy who just become a champion, but he shredded through a gauntlet of tough gate keepers.
10. Julius Indongo (NR) Zolani Marali UD 12/12, Allan Kamote TKO 9/12, Fabian Lyimo TKO 1/12, Eduard Troyanovsky KO 2/12, Ricky Burns UD 12/12. Career Defining Fights: Eduard Troyanovsky KO 2/12, Ricky Burns UD 12/12. Troyanovsky & Burns might not be the best of the best at 140, but Indongo went into their back yards and took their championships. I’d have him ranked higher if his previous bout were against guys that you’d have to forgive the most dedicated boxing fans for not knowing. Next Terence Crawford. Indongo will once again go into a champion’s backyard. The winner is The Undisputed Champion at 140. An impressive win by Indongo or Crawford. Will have them #1 in my September rankings.